RIVERSIDE DINER

Beams and bolts of a bridge

spread shadows like chestnut trees

onto the stark Riverside Diner.

 

A brown river flowing smooth

like chocolate swirling in cups

rumbles deep to the ocean.

 

Men with hats, herringbone coats

and leather gloves find comfort

on wooden seats; rugged and sure.

 

Cigarette smoke crawls freely

from the lips of the cook

whose hands satisfy hunger.

 

A tug boat whistle

shrieks sharply cutting the air,

alerting the men to quickly

finish their meals.

 

 

 

 

 

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